EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KPLR) -Two women are dead after an early morning fire ripped through their East St. Louis home.
Fire Chief Jason Blackmon says his team did all they could to save the two victims.
Family members spent the day clearing out the home of the victims, we spoke briefly but they declined our request for an interview.
Officials say the fire broke out at midnight at the 1300 block of North 37th St.
That`s when East St. Louis Fire Chief Jason Blackmon says 11 firefighters battled the blaze that started on the first floor. He says the victims, a wheelchair bound woman in her 70`s and her daughter in her 50's, were inside of the home. When fire crews arrived they found one woman dead in her wheelchair and the other on the steps of the two story home. Chief Blackmon says he believes the woman on the steps was trying to save her mother.
"The fire came in at about midnight, it came in as an occupied with two females. When firefighters arrived on the scene the house was full of smoke and flames it wasn`t visible. The firefighters made an interior attack and found an elderly woman in her wheelchair she was pulled from the house," said Blackmon
Investigators say it took about two hours to put out the fire. The woman in her 50's died on the way to the hospital. We`re also told that neighbors tried to break the windows to get into the home but it was too late. There`s no word on if there were working smoke detectors in the home.
Chief Blackmon says the Illinois State Fire Marshall is currently working to determine the exact cause of the fire.
The names of the victims have not been released.